A study of Saurian morphology: Pseudosuchia (part 3)
Both Armadillosuchus (armadillo-croc) and Simosuchus (pug-nosed croc), and their other conveniently named relatives such as “duck croc” and “cat frog” belong to the suborder Notosuchia, a diverse group of terrestrial crocodylomorphs. They are identifiable by their relatively short skull, small body size, and erect limbs. The variation of teeth shape between genera suggests that the group evolved various feeding behavior, including the likely-herbivorous Chimaerasuchus.
Gavialis, commonly known as gharial, is an extant member of the order Crocodilia which consists of three families, Crocodylidae (true crocodiles), Alligatoridae (alligators and caimans), and Gavialidae (gharial and false gharial). It is distinguishable by its elongated jaw, optimized to complement its piscivorous diet.
And thus this post nicely concludes Pseudosuchia, which coincidentally finishes nearly at the same time as my Kaprosuchus-inspired Charizard. Thanks to everyone who suggested anatomy inspirations. It should be ready to publish tomorrow. Next week’s theme will be Pantestudines, specifically Testudinata (which is nice because I’m trying to finish Blastoise).
I’ve also made my daily drawings available as T-shirts as demanded by some. It will take me a while to process all the files, so expect me to add 3 drawings per 3 days like I do here. Links below.
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